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Imse Vimse is a Swedish made nappy. It is a shaped nappy, rather than a flat rectangle, and I received one to try to see how I got on. I found the flannelette version I recieved to be very slim fitting, and as there is no Velcro or Aplix on it, it was either pin it or fold it up inside a snug fitting wrap as a nippa (a new gadget you use instead of pins) won't grip smooth fabric. I don't use pins, so I found a Prorap brand wrap works especially well with this nappy as the legs and back are gusseted, containing any leaks that may escape this nappy. The flannette version of this nappy is not overly absorbent comapred to say a terry nappy. I found to prevent having to wring it out after a wee by my new super wee champion, I had to place a terry booster inside. This still made for a nice slin nappy that rivaled the most modern of disposables for slim fit and absorbency. Also, there is no wetness protection to it, so an additional fleece liner was required to keep my son's skin dry after a wee, though this is true of most nappies and does not alter the slim fit one jot as fleece liners are nearly tissue thin. Even with the booster and liner in, it performed well as a day nappy, but the two times I used it at night, I found it to be useless in comparison to most of my other nappies, especially my Nappy Nations and prefolds. It probably would do as a night nappy with two terry boosters in, but that would seriously bulk it up and alter the fit as well to where the side flaps would barely fold over his skinny tummy ( I know, I tried it!). Some people use two of these nappies at night, but I don't see wanting to double my wash load! Based on my experince, I would not recommend it as a nappy for an older baby who would wee a lot more, but that is my personal preference. At £4 each, it makes a very economical newborn nappy as newborns do not wet as much, though I would invest in some terries or prefolds or a couple Nappy Nations to use at nig
ht or for going out in. Though in all honesty, I found muslins to be just as effective a daytime newborn nappy, better at explosive poo containment, a lot quicker drying, and less expensive and muslins have the benefit of having more uses later. The Imse Vimse does dry relatively quickly however, so is an option to consider if you do not have a dryer and they dry super soft. Imse Vimse is available from many online stores and often can be hired to try out. Mine came from Plushpants.co.uk, and they also carry most of the popular nappy types, as well as a hire scheme. I have also seen them on UKParents Nappy Buy and Sell forum, which is an excellent place to get nappies to try before you plump for an expensive system.
This is a lovely slimline washable nappy. Stays soft after washing, and as it has no fastenings of its own is infinitely adjustable. I fasten mine using a nappy nippa which works just fine. My daughter is 22 months and quite a heavy wetter and this nappy has coped so far. What I'm very impressed with is that it has been pooed on a lot (she likes doing those messy poos that go everywhere!) and yet it has never stained. The nappy has a sewn in booster pad, which is only attached at one end so you fold it to provide extra absorbency where your child wets the most, making it fine for girl or boy. Because it is quite slim it also fits well under clothes (some washables are a little bulky) and although I haven't tried it out yet, I am sure it will fit nicely on a baby as well. It dries fast, which is always a plus with washables. The only slight bad point is that if your child is wearing clothes with a waistband like trousers or shorts, sometimes this drags down the top of the nappy. It stays on, but because it is not elasticated at the waist like some others, the top kind of bends down a bit and looks odd. This might be solved by a better fastening technique - I'm relatively new to all this!
I'm a recent convert to re-usable nappies and I have sought a lot of advice from the UK Parents Cloth Nappy forum (yes, there is such a thing!!) I wanted to try out several different types of nappy and found a sale and swap board where I managed to purchase, amongst other thing, 3 Imse Vimse re-usable nappies. They are a Swedish one size soft brushed 100% natural cotton flannelette nappy, which can be folded to fit from new-born to potty training. This nappy is very soft it has a thicker central strip with extra layers of flannelette for extra absorbency, and an inner flap again of several thicknesses. The inner flap can be folded to suit boy/girl, and unfolds for easier drying. It is slim-fitting and yet surprisingly absorbent, although I often use two together at night or a booster for my heavy wetting little boy!!! It is bulkier like this but it is still quite slim compared to a night time terry with boosters. Winner of Bra Miljoval award, also approved by Swedish Nature society for the purity of the cotton. the only trouble I have with it is that it doesn't have any velcro or popper fasteners on it and relies on the wrpa to hold it in place which can be a bit tricky. I really like this nappy and, although I haven't had them long yet, they are my favourite so far. I'll keep you posted!